Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub

    Description

    Sustainable management of forested wetlands requires an understanding of water Table (WT) dynamics affected by rainfall and evapotranspiration (ET) and management practices, designed to sustain water quality, quantity, and ecosystem functions and productivity. In this paper analysis of long-term data from four drained and six undrained sites on coastal forested wetlands showed that their growing season WT dynamics depends upon ET as affected by vegetation stand age, with undrained sites yielding deeper WT than the drained young sites but shallower than the mature ones. Wetland hydrology criterion was not met on any of the drained sites including with controlled drainage and one unditched site with moderately well-drained sandy soil, where the WT was within 30 cm of the surface for <8% of the time compared to 31% or greater on undrained sites. WT response was similar on both drained and undrained watersheds soon after vegetation removal compared to the baseline level. Similarly, the WT dynamics on all soil types and vegetation behaved similarly during extreme storms. No trend was found in limited annual mean WT data. These results may have implications for coastal wetland forest restoration and modeling studies relating wetland hydrology as affected by anthropogenic and natural disturbances.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to pubrequest@fs.fed.us to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

    Citation

    Amatya, D. M.; Chescheir, G. M.; Williams, T. M.; Skaggs, R. W.; Tian, S. 2019. Long-term water Table dynamics of forested wetlands: Drivers and their effects on wetland hydrology in the southeastern Atlantic Coastal Plain. Wetlands. 54(6): 2087-. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-019-01153-y.

    Cited

    Google Scholar

    Keywords

    drained forests, poorly drained soils, precipitation, evapotranspiration, extreme event

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/58459